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What rights do I have against neighbor and doctor who fixed my dog without permission?

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I recently went out of town for four days, when I rturned home I was informed by my neighbor that she had my dog fixed. I am wondering how did the hospital do the procedure without my consenT as my name is the only name on my pets paper work. I would just like to know what possible actions can I take on my neighbor as well as if possible the pet hospital. thank you in advance.

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Every state has a veterinary licensing board which investigates complaints regarding veterinary malpractice or misconduct. It is unclear from your question who was in charge of your dog when you were away and what ‘consent’ such person might have given to your neighbor or to the veterinarian. While a pet ‘owner’ may have a claim for damages for loss of breeding potential when his/her pet is spayed/neutered without consent, please consider that unspayed and unneutered dogs can contribute to an already serious overpopulation of dogs. Spaying and neutering help to reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats and provide many health benefits to animals.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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